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NBA picks: Celtics vs. Nuggets betting predictions, plays against the spread

NBA picks: Celtics vs. Nuggets betting predictions, plays against the spread

Who wants to ride the wave?

We somehow managed to sweep our predictions Wednesday night, correctly picking the moneyline, point spread and point total results for the Boston Celtics at Los Angeles Clippers thriller while hitting our two NBA locks against the spread.

Friday night presents a challenge, though, as the Celtics finish off their West Coast road trip against another Western Conference power in the Denver Nuggets.

Can the C's pull off a road victory against a legitimate title contender, or will Denver send Boston back to The Hub with its first losing streak of the season?

We've got you "covered" with betting predictions for Celtics-Nuggets, as well as two locks against the spread.

(All odds provided by WestGate Superbook)

Boston Celtics at Denver Nuggets, 9 p.m. ET

Don’t miss NBC Sports Boston's coverage of Celtics-Clippers, which tips off Wednesday at 9 p.m. ET with Celtics Pregame Live, and then Mike & Scal have the call of the game at 10 p.m. You can also stream the game through the MyTeams App.

Moneyline: There's no rest for the weary Celtics, whose final leg of a five-game West Coast trip is a matchup with the 10-3 Nuggets. The C's haven't scored more than 105 points in a game during their road trip and face the third-best defense in the NBA in Denver. The Nuggets (-190) hand Boston back-to-back losses for the first time this season.

Point Spread: As our own Chris Forsberg wrote Wednesday, these Celtics can compete with anyone. Their last two losses have been by a combined four points, so even if Daniel Theis struggles to neutralize Nikola Jokic in the paint, Boston's well-balanced offense should do enough to help the Celtics (+4.5) cover again.

Point Total: The 206 point total is temptingly low, but I'm sticking with my guns. These are two of the best defensive teams in the NBA, which should result in a drag-out, low-scoring affair. Take the UNDER, which has hit in four of Boston's last five games.

Darren's record picking the Celtics' moneyline, point spread and point total: 21-11-1

NBA Locks of the Night

Atlanta Hawks (+7) at Detroit PistonsThe Hawks just got through a schedule gauntlet (at Nuggets, at Suns, at Clippers, at Lakers, vs. Bucks) and should be very relieved to face an underwhelming Pistons team. Even if Detroit wins, Trae Young and Co. should keep it close.

San Antonio Spurs at Philadelphia 76ers (-7.5): The Sixers have some flaws, but winning at home isn't one of them. Philly is 5-0 at Wells Fargo Center this season and should cruise against a Spurs team that's lost seven straight.

Darren's record picking NBA locks against the spread: 12-9-1

There's only one location where the NBA season can be salvaged - Las Vegas

There's only one location where the NBA season can be salvaged - Las Vegas

With all kinds of locations being tossed around for a possible return of the NBA in a single-site playoff tournament after the coronavirus crisis eases (Las Vegas, the Bahamas, Orlando, Hawaii, Louisville, and Atlantic City have been reported), Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated thinks only one place makes sense.

Vegas, baby.

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Mannix told "Felger and Mazz" on Tuesday that while it looks bleak for an NBA reboot - "the pessimism is still pretty high." - if a centrally-located "season" without fans is to take place, "I have no doubt it's going to be salvaged in Las Vegas."

The city hosts NBA Summer League games and has plenty of now-empty hotel rooms.

Mannix's idea?

"Quarantine the players in July in Las Vegas and to have some form of a tournament that eventually crowns a champion...It's workable. It's doable." 

A Sweet 16-type, one-and-done tournament is an idea that's been put out there. Mannix says its a possibility. "All 16 playoff teams are involved. How it's structured after that is still a moving target."

Watch the full discussion above.   

 

Celtics' Marcus Smart to donate his plasma in the fight against coronavirus

Celtics' Marcus Smart to donate his plasma in the fight against coronavirus

Celtics guard Marcus Smart proved tougher than the coronavirus (a.k.a. COVID-19). He came down with it, was never symptomatic and announced he had recovered on Sunday.

Now, he'll help battle it with his blood.

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According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, Smart will donate his plasma to the National COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma Project, founded by Johns Hopkins immunologist Arturo Casadevall, who brought together experts to form a national network that connects donors, patients, and their doctors. 

Last week, the Federal Drug Administration authorized drug use of convalescent COVID-19 plasma for patients infected with the virus that has swept the world and led to the pandemic. 

Click here for more information about the project